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Ineng now outside PAR; enhanced Habagat to bring rains over parts of Luzon

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Tropical Depression Ineng exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) before dawn on Wednesday, PAGASA reported.

However, Ineng and Typhoon Haikui (known as Typhoon Hanna when it was inside PAR) will continue to slightly enhance the Southwest Monsoon bringing rains over parts of Northern and Central Luzon.

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According to PAGASA’s Tropical Cyclone Bulletin posted at 5 a.m., the center of Ineng was estimated at 1,240 kilometers east northeast of extreme Northern Luzon outside PAR, packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center, gustiness of up to 70 km/h, and central pressure of 1000 hPa.

Ineng is moving north northeastward at the speed of 20 km/h with strong winds that extend outwards up to 350 km from the center.

No Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals were hoisted, PAGASA also said.

Hazards affecting land areas

The weather bureau also said that Ineng is not directly affecting the country.

But Ineng and the remnants of Typhoon Haikui are still slightly enhancing the Southwest Monsoon, which will bring occasional rains over the western portions of Northern and Central Luzon in the next three days.

Batanes, Abra, Apayao, Cagayan, and Isabela will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the trough of Ineng. Flooding or landslides may occur in these areas due to moderate with at times heavy rains.

Ilocos Region, Zambales, and Bataan will have occasional rains due to the monsoon with possible flooding or landslides due to moderate to heavy rains.

Metro Manila, Calabazon, Mimaropa, the rest of Central Luzon, and the rest of the Cordillera Administrative Region will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the monsoon with possible flooding or landslides due to moderate with at times heavy rains.

The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to the monsoon and localized thunderstorms with possible flash floods or landslides occurring during severe thunderstorms.

With the remnants of Haikui continuously weakening over mainland China and Ineng rapidly moving north northeastward away from the country, the monsoon is forecast to continue weakening within the week, the weather bureau said.

Severe winds

Batanes and the Ilocos provinces will experience gusty conditions due to the Southwest Monsoon, especially in coastal and upland or mountainous areas exposed to winds.

Hazards affecting coastal waters

The wind speed forecast for northern and western sections of Luzon is strong and moving southwestward while coastal waters will be rough.

Visayas and the rest of Luzon will have moderate to strong wind speed moving southwestward with moderate to rough coastal waters.

Mindanao will experience moderate to strong wind speed moving in the south to southwest direction while coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

“Ineng is less likely to bring rough sea conditions over any seaboard of the country through the forecast period. However, due to the Southwest Monsoon that it is slightly enhancing, a Gale Warning is in effect for the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central Luzon,” PAGASA said.

Track and intensity outlook

Ineng is forecast to continue accelerating north northeastward or northeastward towards the sea south of mainland Japan while gradually intensifying. — BAP/KG, GMA Integrated News

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